Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 31, 2017)
Word of the Day

blamable

Definition:(adjective) Deserving blame or censure as being wrong or evil or injurious.
Synonyms:blameworthy, censurable, culpable
Usage: You are aware that I am no way blamable in this matter.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Predicate Nouns

Nouns that follow linking verbs are known as "predicate nouns" (or sometimes "predicative nouns" or "predicate nominatives"). What do they serve to do? More...
Article of the Day

African Art

The legacy of African art spans thousands of years and myriad cultures. Though traditional art forms include masks, figures, and textiles, each culture's works have a unique visual style. Still, some common artistic themes can be seen in art from across the continent, including an emphasis on the human figure, sculpture, performance art, and visual abstraction. What Western artists were particularly influenced by African art when it became the subject of widespread attention in the 20th century? More...
This Day in History

Queen Victoria Chooses to Make Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's Capital (1857)

First inhabited by indigenous tribes, the city that became Ottawa was founded as Bytown in 1827 by John By, an engineer in charge of construction of the Rideau Canal linking Lake Ontario and the Ottawa River. In the 1850s, the city was renamed Ottawa—after the Algonquian-speaking Ottawa tribe—when it fell into competition with major cities like Montreal and Toronto to be named capital of the Province of Canada, which comprised modern-day Ontario and Quebec. Why did Queen Victoria choose Ottawa? More...
Today's Birthday

Jaime Alfonso Escalante Gutierrez (1930)

The subject of the acclaimed 1988 film Stand and Deliver, Escalante was a math teacher who, with his unconventional teaching style, dedication, and complete faith in his students' potential, created a successful advanced placement—or college level—calculus program at a high school in a poor East Los Angeles neighborhood. In 1982, when 18 of his students received perfect or near-perfect scores on a national exam, they were accused of cheating. What happened when 12 retook the test? More...
Quotation of the Day
Adam was but human—this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake; he wanted it only because it was forbidden.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

get (one's) thinking cap on

To begin thinking or considering very carefully and seriously (about something), often to solve a problem. More...
Today's Holiday

First Night (2018)

First Night originated in Boston as an annual New Year's Eve celebration of the arts. This citywide festival was first held in 1976 to change the drinking and partying that have traditionally marked New Year's Eve celebrations in most American cities into a night of family entertainment. To bring both inner city and suburban communities together, 1,000 artists in Boston offer a wide variety of artistic events and performances at 70 indoor and outdoor sites in Boston's Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End, downtown, and waterfront areas. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ink

atrament - A synonym for ink. More...

calamari - The term for Deep-fried squid comes from Latin calamarius, meaning "pen case"—because of its long tapering shell and its ink; it is also spelled calamary. More...

ink - First spelled inke and enke—from Greek enkauston, the purple ink used by Roman emperors. More...

sumi-e - Japanese for "ink painting." More...

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